Becoming a first-time driver is an exciting and liberating time. Your first car will be remembered by the whole family. At the same time, buying a car can be a momentous decision, one that needs careful thought. We’ve made this a little easier for you.
Your priorities are likely safety, price and ease. This ensures your money goes as far as it can. Thankfully, our finance deals open doors to newer cars that will last longer.
Here are some of the best picks for first time drivers. They can be fairly cheap to insure as well as run and give first time drivers a sense of confidence. They might be small, but that does not mean you have to sacrifice handy features.
The i10 is reliable and roomy – this will build confidence on motorways thanks to its comfort at higher speeds. It has enough power to keep up, without losing stability. It sits in insurance group two and has a decent MP3 and Bluetooth stereo for entertainment on longer drives. Its clean and modern interior makes it feel comfortable and light.
One of the most highly rated cars for first time drivers for a few years now is the Volkswagen Up! There are petrol or electric variants, depending on your preference. It is low price and sits in either insurance group one or two.
This car is great choice for fuel economy. It adapts well to motorways and streets, for those who drive in and out of towns. Earlier Peugeots have fell short on design, but this has a distinctive look. The dashboard includes DAB radio, compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for personalised entertainment. It was also the first small car to come in a pure-electric version, if you are keen to reduce your environmental footprint.
Ever since the first release of a Citroen C1 in 2005, they have been a firm favourite for first time drivers. There are many models to choose from, with infotainment systems compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The insurance group is higher than others, but it is cheap to run and reliable.
The Corsa is a practical and inexpensive choice for first time drivers. No wonder it is a common sight on our roads. It is one of few hatchbacks available as three or five door models, with a 1.4 litre engine. It offers better steering and turns than the 208 but can be beaten for first time drivers likely to drive most in towns.
This is undoubtedly one of the cars for first time drivers because it’s cheap to run, with three engine choices. It’s popular because it looks sporty, compact and sophisticated. The fuel economy is unbeatable, yet it is still attractive and fun to drive. There’s a two-speaker stereo and touch screen sat nav.
For ultimate supermini style, a Clio provides soft-touch interior, touchscreen and improved handling. It is comparable to more upmarket makes in terms of purpose and feel, without the hefty price tag. There are a range of engine sizes to suit your desires. Higher spec models come with rear parking sensors, to make impressive and easy parking a reality.
At the more luxury end, a Mini is an unforgettable choice for a first car. You’ll adore its interior, style and sense of fun. Thanks to a low center of gravity, it is highly practical and smooth to drive too. They are now fairly cheap to run, so they won’t break the bank either. It is unlikely you’ll want to sell it.
This model is a stylish, refined, reliable car for first time drivers. It also has high fuel efficiency – which are all excellent contributors to high resale value when the time comes to upgrade to a second car. The latest models are sportier and more spacious, so there is scope for luxury depending on your budget.
The Toyota Yaris offers petrol-electric power, unlike the other popular choices. It’s sporty exterior and easy to use climate control make it a great all-rounder. They all have touchscreens with excellent leg room in the front. It’s 1.5 litre engine will make stopping and starting a breeze, with lower running costs than a Polo.
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